The perfect balance of work and networking: this could have been the headline for memoQfest 2022, held June 22-24 in Budapest, Hungary. Packed with a myriad of practical workshops, industry best-practices, as well as memoQ-centered presentations, there were still plenty of opportunities for networking, and the traditional dancing event was brought back, too.
After a two-year hiatus, TMS provider memoQ’s annual conference was back as an in-person event in 2022. This year’s memoQfest was a record-breaking event with the most participants ever: more than 260 industry professionals arrived in Budapest from more than 35 countries.
The first day was preceded by a full day of workshops, taking place in one of the most prestigious hotels in Budapest, with amazing views to the Danube, which was also the host to both official conference days.
This year’s keynote was delivered by Alison Toon of CSA Research, where she presented seven current and anticipated trends of translation management—including machine translation, as well as personalization for live chat, or using metadata for natural language processing. She was encouraging the audience to think outside the box and also take a look at adjacent areas of expertise besides the localization industry to fully optimize the translation processes and workflows.
The two main conference days had more than 25 sessions, with topics targeted to all types of audiences: from beginner translators to LSP leaders and even advanced project managers, everyone could find something that was on their level and to their taste. Some topics included how translation memories can be translated into numbers that management can relate to, delivered by Markus Arch (SKIDATA GmbH), optimizing terminology quality assurance (by Ronan Martin, SAS Institute), and how memoQ is giving a makeover to their TMS solution (delivered by the memoQ team).
If you’re interested, you can read the full conference program, watch session recordings, and view conference photos at the memoQfest website.
As usual, the conference ended with ‘The User Strikes Back’ session, where participants could challenge ideas and ask questions from memoQ’s production team.
Most people were excited to be back in person, and that is no accident: everyone was looking forward to the social aspect of memoQfest. Frequent coffee breaks, lunch with colleagues, plenty of time for mingling on the terrace… But the cherry on top, as always, was the Gala Dinner.
This year, the Gala Dinner was even more special than usual since memoQ turns 18 this year, and Balázs Kis, co-CEO of memoQ delivered a heartfelt speech to celebrate that. And after years of ConcorDance, memoQers could still deliver not one, but six special dancing numbers, Dancing with the Stars-style, led by professional dancers.
‘One of the best conferences – sorry, no! – THE BEST in the localization industry!’ – said Christian Großpietsch from tolingo GmbH.
‘Everything was so well organized that you can focus on learning and connecting with other users without being worried about anything else. You can feel the dedication and attention from all memoQ employees and their willingness to help, it is simply amazing. A great event to learn, build new connections and have some fun too.’- mentioned International Baccalaureate’s Cristina Lechuga.
memoQfest 2022 was a record-breaking conference in many categories, and the memoQ team was especially happy to see so many professionals gather and exchange ideas, form professional partnerships and even friendships. Hope to see you at memoQfest 2023!